Medscape

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Medscape
Medscape Logo.svg
Type of site
Health information
Available inEnglish, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese
OwnerWebMD
URLMedscape.com
RegistrationRequired
LaunchedMay 22, 1995; 26 years ago (1995-05-22)

Medscape is a website providing access to medical information for clinicians; the organization also provides continuing education for physicians and health professionals. It references medical journal articles, Continuing Medical Education (CME), a version of the National Library of Medicine's MEDLINE database, medical news, and drug information (Medscape Drug Reference, or MDR). At one time Medscape published seven electronic peer reviewed journals.[1]

History[edit]

Medscape launched May 22, 1995 by SCP Communications, Inc.[2] under the direction of its CEO Peter Frishauf.[3] In 1999, George D. Lundberg became the editor-in-chief of Medscape. For seventeen years before joining Medscape he had served as Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

In September 1999, Medscape, Inc. went public and began trading on NASDAQ under the symbol MSCP. In 2000, Medscape merged with MedicaLogic, Inc., another public company. MedicaLogic filed for bankruptcy within 18 months and sold Medscape to WebMD in December 2001. In 2008, Lundberg was terminated by WebMD. The following year the Medscape Journal of Medicine ceased publishing.[4] In January 2013, Eric Topol was named editor-in-chief of Medscape.[5] The same year, Lundberg returned to Medscape as editor-at-large.

In 2009, WebMD released an iOS application of Medscape,[6] followed by an Android version two years later.[7] In 2015, WebMD launched Medscape CME & Education on iOS.[8]

Criticism from Doctors[edit]

in 2012, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, MD, Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa and the medical director of the Bariatric Medical Institute wrote an article entitled "Why I Can No Longer Trust Medscape".[9] In it he wrote that Medscape is "putting patients at risk by actively misinforming their physicians."[10] He also noted poor vetting of studies that Medscape chooses to publish as his reason for stating this.[11]

In 2016 a survey of Doctors found "Web MD and it's sister company, Medscape" to have incomplete medical information lacking depth and also numerous cases of misinformation on their sites.[12] A study of Medscape and Web MD also found both services to lack neutrality and exhibiting bias potentially based on very high payments (compared to their industry competitors) from the pharmaceutical industry.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ College & Research Libraries News. Association of College and Research Libraries. 2000. pp. 133–5.
  2. ^ P., Frenza, J. (1996). Web and new media pricing guide. Szabo, Michelle, 1959-. Indianapolis, Ind.: Hayden Books. ISBN 156830336X. OCLC 36528652.
  3. ^ "History of Medscape (The First Five Years)". www.medscape.com. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  4. ^ Romaine, M; Zatz, S; Brown, K; Lundberg, GD (2009). "So long but not farewell: The Medscape Journal of Medicine (1999-2009)". Medscape Journal of Medicine. 11 (1): 33. PMC 2654707. PMID 19295954. Retrieved February 21, 2009.
  5. ^ "Eric Topol Is the New Editor-in-Chief of Medscape". Medscape. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  6. ^ "Medscape iPhone Medical App Review". iMedicalApps. May 17, 2010. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  7. ^ Einerson, Brett (January 7, 2011). "The most popular iPhone medical app, Medscape, is now on Android". iMedicalApps. Retrieved July 11, 2014.
  8. ^ Medscape. "Medscape Goes Mobile with New CME & Education App". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  9. ^ Freedhoff, MD, Yoni (April 11, 2012). "Why I Can No Longer Trust Medscape". Weighty Matters. Yoni Freedhoff, MD. Retrieved May 14, 2022.
  10. ^ Freedhoff, MD, Yoni (April 11, 2012). "Why I Can No Longer Trust Medscape". Weighty Matters. Yoni Freedhoff, MD. Retrieved May 14, 2022.
  11. ^ Freedhoff, MD, Yoni (April 11, 2012). "Why I Can No Longer Trust Medscape". Weighty Matters. Yoni Freedhoff, MD. Retrieved May 14, 2022.
  12. ^ Belluz, Julie (April 5, 2016). "The truth about WebMD, a hypochondriac's nightmare and Big Pharma's dream". Vox. Vox Media. Retrieved May 14, 2022.
  13. ^ Belluz, Julie (April 5, 2016). "The truth about WebMD, a hypochondriac's nightmare and Big Pharma's dream". Vox. Vox Media. Retrieved May 14, 2022.

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